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  1. For me really impressed with the BBC streaming of the early rounds - great innovation. Like a lot the style of commentary of Dave Woods and JJB. If theres dead time they always have sometime interesting to say. Lively and enthusiastic. Like being at a game with friends you just chat away about lots of things. Love that.
  2. When Seb Planas played centre for Toulouse 2009-11 never really rated him. But how that lad has matured! He's a great leader and captain today at 32 years - now doing his stuff in the forwards. Both Houles and Anselme partnered Planas back then and they learnt a lot in that adversity. Now coaches they are raising the bar in both Toulouse and the Tarn. Albi has Elite 2 club Lescure as her feeder and could well profit if Albi's Pro 2 fall from grace into Federal next year. You get a feel that support wise TO are on the move from a low base. Somethings building there and they're light years from were they where when in the Championship previously. As its been said Toulouse is a challenging market with alls its major sports clubs engaged in national and international competitions. What turned it for me was the turn-out in 2013 at Stade Ernest Wallon for Dragons-Hull KR (14000 plus) with half of that figure coming from the city and its environs.
  3. The other weekend I went out to Limoux to watch there game against Dragons U23s. Passed the recreation ground going out of town and on the round about there were cars parked everywhere. A record number for a kids tournament (1400) participants and with onlookers around two thousand present. The problem here is between that participation figure and what the Dragons - and what Toulouse hopefully down the line - provide. The Elite competitions have struggled to come to terms with the changes. But changes are slowly happening with the disappearance of overseas players in the local competitions. It will take time I think to work its way through. After seeing Albi give the ASC a run for their money last night I'm hopeful that Elite 1 will improve. With Avignon it makes half a dozen decent sides. Villeneuve are better than last year and the promoted St Gaudens showing promise. As I've said before Toulouse Broncos i'm sure will improve season on season as TO XIII continue to evolve. The XV too have there problems - two clubs who have played top level in years gone by Auch and Tarbes are in free fall. Large debts and having to return to an amateur status. I sometimes wonder with the game below Elite should be more localised. Too many sides are just forfeiting games or travelling without replacements.
  4. Picked one up this morning but haven't had time to read it yet. Impressed with the presentation and pics. Can't take it all in today with L'Independants two full pages on the game with a big spread on Escares arrival at Wigan. It's never been better in this part of the world. Well not better since the year 2000.
  5. Fabien Galthié former French union international scrum half is a big fan of the NRL. TV pundit and has taken over from Mike Ford at Toulon starting from next season. The boss at Clermont Auvergne, Frank Azema has also spent time at the Dragons - think he's Catalan and got an idea he turned out for UTC in his later playing days.
  6. Had a reporter down with Catalans from last Friday and covering the Monday game against Salford. Six page colour piece in this coming Saturday’s L’Equipe Magazine edition. This exposure is great for the Dragons and the code. This weekly glossy publication a quality in-depth read. The daily sports paper is an institution in France and found in nearly every bar in the country. The paper itself hardly ever gives the game a look in, not even the results. Hope the piece does the game and the Dragons justice. Only time I’ve bought it was four years ago when they did that decent piece on, “La Sale (dirty) Histoire” – the Vichy Story.
  7. Well that’s more or less sorted. Places on the Elite 1 ladder for this season. Only Carcassonne/ Dragons U23s can swop places come the Magic Weekend at Domec in two weeks when they meet up on the last game of the weekend. Limoux won handsomely yesterday up in Avignon (16-33) and have already secured 2nd place. Seb Martins back after his suspension will be a bonus for the Grizzlies. They’ll be smarting after last weeks no-show against FCL and will want to put down a marker when the two meet up again in Lezignan next week in the Cup semi-final. Not sure how they’ll approach their third hit-up in April back at Domec with nothing on the table. ASC clobbered unravelling Palau (12-72) the Catalan minnows without a win since December Sunday. Rumours that they may take a back step for next season. Would fellow Catalan neighbours Elite 2 leaders Baho be a suitable replacement. Better structured set-up – ASC U20s went down there yesterday. Sure Toulouse Broncos would want to give it a go for next term when their young side will be that bit older and more experienced. Disappointing that a couple of clubs have had to cancel games at U20 level. Be good if they could get that sorted. Still looking forward to the run-in. FCL are full of them selves with players/team delivering near Super League level performances according to their Chairmen. Still it raises the bar and others to follow. Looking forward to the next two weekends now before the business end unfolds when all roads lead to Avignon and Narbonne.
  8. Hope the two French lads (Fages & Escare) enjoy it! They'll learn a lot from it I'm sure.
  9. Widnes played a Challenge Cup tie at the Rec in I think 1957 with maybe 12,000 on.Whitehaven that year reached the semi finals for the first and only time? Lost out to Leeds at Odsal from what I remember and went on to win at Wembley against Barrow.
  10. Dragons cheered on here by the two young French teams presently touring across the Channel - and showed their appreciation.
  11. Two Test matches v England Youth. Newcastle on the 14/04 and at Castleford on18/04
  12. See that the Cup Final in Avignon is not to be televised on France 3 regional but on the France 'O' Channel. First time I think for them and more importantly provides national coverage as L'Equipe TV will for the Championship Final. Below French U16s ready for take-off for Easter Tour across the Channel. They along with an U15s team from Limoux will be present at Huddersfield this evening for the Giants-Dragons game.
  13. Always worth showing a full grandstand especially at the lovely Stade L'Aiguille Sunday for Limoux-FCL - elsewhere up in Vaucluse in Elite 2 Entraigues lost narrowly the derby against Carpentras (18-23) notable for the 'Sold Out' sign for the 70 pre-match lunches served!
  14. Some encouraging signs this past weekend. At the bottom Toulouse Broncos at last found a way to win – their first! (44-16) with promising teenage forward Sangare to the fore against the ailing Catalans of Palau. St Gaudens winning at Villeneuve (24-26) reversing the earlier result. The stand outs though where the home wins at Albi (31-22) and Avignon (19-16) against 3rd placed ASC and 4th placed Dragons U23s respectively. The real shock was the heavy loss at home by last years champions Limoux to runaway leaders FCL (24-54). The same two lock horns in a fortnight in the Cup semi finals at Stade Moulin - ditto for Albi-ASC at Domec.Things building nicely for the run-in then with top 6 fixed. Good news possibly that both end of season Finals will be televised live on terrestrial – Avignon by France 3 regional and Narbonne by L’ Equipe 21 TV.